Theme parks in Europe will enhance your already exciting trip by adding an element of modern thrills and entertainment. Most theme parks also offer attractions that will give you insight into the culture of the city you are visiting. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about European theme parks.
Disneyland Resort, Paris
Disneyland Resort in Paris offers an experience for everyone in the family. From thrill rides to family adventures and plenty for the little ones to do, this resort guarantees a great time for all. There are eight "lands" at the Disneyland Park, plus you can visit the Walt Disney Studios Park for a Disney character-driven exploration of movie-making magic.
It's A Small WorldDisneyland Park, Paris, is home to the classic ride It's A Small World. This is a slow-paced musical tour across the world that all family members will enjoy.
Disney VillageAside from the rides at Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios, visitors can enjoy shopping, dining, dancing and entertainment at Disney Village. The fun includes stage shows, an IMAX theater and other fun, such as Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show With Mickey & Friends.
Global CuisineDining options at the Disneyland parks are beyond imagination. The parks have everything from kiosks and food courts to full-service restaurants; they represent cuisine from around the globe.
Safety RecordAccording to the Disney Blog, an incident occurred on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster on April 25, 2011, in which part of the scenery fell onto a passing train, injuring five passengers. On Oct. 6, 2010, a subcontractor became trapped underneath a boat on It's A Small World and died later at the hospital, according to the Metro Reporter.
Address: Route Nationale 34 77700 Chessy, France
Hours: Disneyland Park Paris is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walt Disney Studios is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing times vary by day and month. Check the website for details.
Price: For adults, the price for a one-day, one-park visit is $70; for children 3 to 11, the price is $63. The park also offers two-day, two-park passes, which are $150 for adults and $134 for children 3 to 11. Children under 3 do not require tickets. Check the website for special promotions and offers.
Theme Park Review gives this German theme park 5 out of 5 stars, and its members rate it 4.5 stars. Europa-Park has a special area for a variety of European countries, each with themed rides. There is also an Adventure Playground for the little ones.
Euro-MirEuro-Mir is a roller coaster in which gondolas not only spin freely but are further spun by motors at certain points in the ride. This coaster was modeled after the Soviet/Russian space station Mir.
Rides And ShowsIn addition to a number of rides, visitors can enjoy playgrounds, water rides and sports centers. The park puts on a variety of shows, including puppet shows, ice skating performances and the daily Europa-Park Parade.
Dining OptionsThe park is home to a number of full-service restaurants offering Italian, French, Asian, Spanish and German cuisine. There is also a snack bar, a beer garden and a Mediterranean grill.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Europa-Park.
Address: Europa-Park-Str. 2, 77977 Rust, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 1805 77-6688
Hours: April through October, the park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Magic Moments winter section of the park is open from the end of November through December, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is closed from early January through March as well as Dec. 24 and 25. Check the website for specific dates, times and details by day.
Price: The price for adults is $51; $46 for children 4 to 11 years. Children under 4 years are free, and children are free on the day of their birthday up to 12 years. Two-day and annual tickets are also available.
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